Dynamo Moscow vs SKA. How will the battle of championship favorites end?

The central match of the first game week of the KHL regular championship will be held on September 2 in Moscow. It is there, on the ice of the capital's VTB Arena, that the ambitious Dynamo will receive guests from St. Petersburg - the SKA hockey club.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Dynamo Moscow vs SKA

Dynamo Moscow

Last year's restructuring of the team looked so large-scale that many experts assigned the unenviable role of an outsider to the blue and white. Contrary to pessimistic forecasts, Dynamo looked decent during the regular championship, only falling out of the top three at the end of the championship. The short bench and the lack of charismatic leaders affected the playoffs. Already in the first round, Dynamo lost to Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo, having managed to lose three times in overtime. During the summer off-season, rumors about a change in head coach were quite actively circulated, however, the coaching staff, led by Alexei Kudashov, got another chance.

As for transfers, here the white-and-blues worked pointwise, having managed to sign Nikita Gusev, a hockey player who is one of the main stars of the League. Another high-profile acquisition was the signing of Canadian forward Cedric Paquette, who played more than four hundred games in the NHL. Paquette has scored four goals in the last two friendly matches, scoring doubles in a 6-0 win over Amur and a 5-2 Vityaz. Gusev, who is still playing in the second line of Dynamo, along with Wal and Morozov, also has goals.


The last season performed by the St. Petersburg club can be divided into two parts. An ideal passage of the regular season, as a result of which the army team brought a lead of 11 points to the closest pursuer. And the outcome of the playoffs, which has already become traditional, where all the splendor of St. Petersburg turns out to be powerless in rivalry with teammates from Moscow. SKA again lost in the final of the Western Conference to CSKA Moscow, this time in a six-match series.

Despite another setback in the playoffs, the championship ambitions of the SKA leadership and specifically Roman Rotenberg have not gone away, and before the start of the season, the army team once again seriously shook up the transfer market. Tolchinsky and Gritsyuk moved from Avangard to the city on the Neva, Alex Galchenyuk arrived from Metallurg Leipsik, Alex Galchenyuk arrived from the NHL, Matvey Michkov, who had matured, returned from rent, that is, by name, it is the Petersburgers who now look like the main favorite of the championship. Although the results of control fights are not particularly impressive. Of the eight matches held, St. Petersburg won five, losing to the large Omsk Avangard 1-5 and with a minimum score to Admiral 2-3 and the Russian youth team 5-6.

Dynamo Moscow vs SKA


Of the last five meetings between these rivals, three ended in a draw and overtime was required to determine the winner Overtime yes 3.8. The last home victory over SKA was won by the capital's Dynamo in the 2020/21 season, since then it is the St. Petersburg hockey players who have won six games in a row on the Moscow ice. Another curious detail of the confrontation between these teams in Moscow is the rather low performance. So, in the last 10 Moscow matches, only 36 goals were scored, that is, an average of 3.6 goals per total under match (4) 3.1.

Odds from download 1xbet

Despite the fact that SKA plays away, the bookmaker estimates the chances of St. Petersburg team to win are higher than those of the capital team: SKA win in regular time - 2.28, Dynamo win - 2.85. A draw outcome can be taken with a coefficient of 4. As for the overall performance of the teams, 1xbet offers the following quotes here: total over (4.5) - 1.71, total under (4.5) - 2.12. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Roman Rotenberg already proved last season that he can perfectly prepare his wards for the start of the championship. A year ago, the St. Petersburg team started in the championship with nine victories in a row, immediately creating a comfortable advantage over their direct competitors. History may well repeat itself, the St. Petersburg team won the last four control fights convincingly, having scored 19 goals in these matches. Our prediction is the victory of SKA, taking into account overtime and a shootout with a coefficient of 1.79.

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